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Constable Benton Fraser, of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (Paul Gross), arrives in Chicago searching for
the murderer of his father, and remains there working with the local
police. With his American partner in the first two seasons,
Detective Ray Vecchio (David Marciano); in the third season, Stanley Ray
Kowalski (Callum Keith Rennie) he strives to maintain the law,
while keeping violence, unpleasantness and littering to an absolute
Background: Due South is produced in Canada by Alliance Communications, for CBS in America. After two seasons, flagging ratings prompted CBS to cancel the series, but Season Three was made possible by a complex funding deal involving several broadcasters, including the BBC.
First Run: 1994 to 1998, comprising three seasons although some countries are broadcasting the third season in two parts of 13 episodes each.
Number of Episodes: 67 in total, including a double-length pilot episode.
The Good Guys: Apart from Fraser, Vecchio and Kowalski, the most important star is Diefenbaker, Frasers wolf-dog who, though hard of hearing, can lip-read in two languages. Among the semi-regular human characters, the most notable are: Inspector Meg Thatcher (Camilla Scott), liaison officer at the Canadian Consulate; Lieutenant Harding Welsh (Beau Starr), both Rays boss at the Chicago PD; and, most unusually, the ghost of Robert Fraser (Gordon Pinsent), Bentons father.
The Bad Guys: Gerard, an ex-Mountie and childhood hero of Frasers, is the man who killed Fraser Senior which makes life difficult for Fraser when he is assigned to protect him in the episode Bird in the Hand. Terrorist Randal Bolt holds Ray and Fraser hostage with a time bomb at his trial in Red, White or Blue.
And Isnt That... Naked Gun/Police Squad actor Leslie Nielsen plays Sergeant Buck Frobisher, a Mountie friend of Frasers father, in several episodes.
Overdone Clichés: Fraser uses his tracking skills to find a suspect on many occasions, and says Thank you kindly and Not that Im aware of rather more often than is really necessary.
Fashion Statements: Famously, to the delight of his many fans, Fraser continues to wear his Mountie uniform despite being stationed in Chicago. To even the balance slightly, Meg Thatcher has also worn a similar outfit (in All the Queens Horses).
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